What do Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon and Meghan Markle have in common? They’re all fans of Jason Wu, the New York-based fashion designer whose namesake label has become a go-to for womenswear that’s chic and tailored—with a touch of downtown edge. Now, the 36-year-old Wu is bringing his well-trained eye to the home category, launching a new line of furniture with buzzy direct-to-consumer brand Interior Define.
The just-unveiled collection includes chairs, sofas, sectionals, and ottomans. Wu drew inspiration from midcentury design, but added his own updated spin: exposed-wood frames (a first for Interior Define) outline slivers of negative space, while brass endcaps add a bit of jewelry-like luxe. Upholstery-wise, customers can choose from a Wu-approved selection of fabrics and leather options, while wood finishes are available in either black or oiled walnut.
While Wu is used to designing multiple ready-to-wear collections every year, his latest undertaking required a different approach. “Furniture isn’t a seasonal thing like fashion—it has to last,” says Wu. “A sofa or sectional is the centerpiece of your home or apartment, so it’s something you shouldn’t get tired of!”
A city dweller himself, Wu says he was also careful about getting the dimensions just right. “Being a New Yorker, you’re always thinking about small-space solutions, so every square inch counts,” he says, noting that loveseats are available as small as 65″ wide, while matching ottomans can be added to any sofa create a chaise on one side.
An 85″ sofa will set you back from $2,095, while an accent chair from $1,095. “It’s elevated, but it’s still approachable,” notes the designer.
Source: House Beautiful